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2.5K
Skating/Classic
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Nordic-dedicated snowmaking, daily grooming, and a full-service chalet, located at the bottom of Spirit Mountain. Currently 2.5K of snowmaking. Expansion plans call for connector trail linking the new trail to the 22 km of existing trail at the top of Spirit Mountain.
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Sunday, April 4, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
Skated 7.1K on a lovely sunny day at Grand Avenue Nordic Center on the trail above the chalet, as the flats had deteriorated. The upper trails are intact and still consist of quite deep man-made snow, which was groomed on Friday. Generally dirty snow with some pure white mashed potato snow sections, and overall surprisingly firm. Yesterday I skated to the top of the downhill slope and back down before doing the Nordic system. Today I ran into groomer Larry Mishkar and got to thank him for the great grooming at Upper Spirit all season, and he wished me well on my consecutive days skiing PR quest. Today was day 134 in a row skating and 144 overall for the season -- if I can ski through next Friday I'll get a new PR of 141 days in a row. Thanks to groomers Erik Blow and Larry Mishkar for their stellar grooming -- cheers!
Photos:
(Lane Ellis)
Friday, March 26, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Man-made snow loop still hanging on at GANC. 1.5k loop was groomed Thursday and offered good spring skiing. Some dirty sections of trail but no bare spots. Trail was soft but still firm enough to get good pushes.
Photos:
(Jake Richards)
Friday, March 12, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
A little patience pays off! GANC is groomed below valve house #2 and in good condition overall. Snow is a little coarse with the ice layer being churned up but overall very firm and should ski well. Classic tracks are of good depth and quality through a vast majority of the system with only a few thin areas. It’s not a whole lot of distance but it should be a good ski!
Photos:
(Erik Blow)
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Well, the good news is that we received about 5 inches of wet heavy snow. The bad is that it is sitting on top of a layer of slush and its been too warm for the snow to set up well, proving difficult for grooming. Flat areas and low grades are not much of an issue for the heavy snowcats, but climbing hills (particularly when track setting) has become nearly impossible as the wet snow cannot support the weight of the equipment, causing us to bog down and dig in a little too much in some areas. There is track set in the stadium and about 50m up into the loops, but we had to stop there as the extra strain from using the track setting implements was detrimental to trail conditions. The lower snowmaking loops are groomed for skating below the second valve house; uphill from the valve house has a few passes done, but we had to pull out as the steeper hills in that area were causing issues. It is still ok for skating, but there is a few areas with a little mess to navigate through. We will have to wait and see how things play out overnight and hope for an improvement in conditions.
(Erik Blow)
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
The freeze-thaw cycle that has moved in recently has been toying with our snow pack to mixed results: skating is still very solid and enjoyable through the system, classic is set through the system as well, but the track does vary in depth and overall quality based on the snow conditions underneath. The melting and freezing is creating a thick ice layer a few inches under the surface that has proven to be a bit problematic in some areas, resulting in some shallow tracking. There are still some very good sections out there, however!
The Deerstand loop remains closed due to very thin coverage on the big corner and the diminishing snow cover over the last few days. Overlook is open and does have tracks set, but has not been groomed in order to keep the tracks and skate deck in as good of condition as they can be. Coverage is thin through there as well so we are doing our best to avoid running equipment unless necessary.
Photos:
(Erik Blow)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
I skied the lower loops this morning (with my preschooler). The trail had been PB groomed and was pretty nice. Even in the warming conditions (37 degrees at 11am), the trail held up nicely. Hoping for a few more days of skiing for the Birkie race! Good luck to all the racers!
(Elaine Nelson, Skinnyski.com Race Team)
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
The grooming schedule for our man-made snow ski trails is as follows: 7 days a week, completed by 0800, except on Monday and Tuesday when grooming should be completed by 0900. All but the upper loops are groomed. These natural snow upper loops - Deer Stand and Overlook - are corded but closed due to insufficient snow depth. We will continue to groom through the deep freeze later this week.
Photos:
(Larry Mishkar)
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
A nice coating of new snow provided a great freshening up of our base! All loops are groomed both skate and classic, and the stadium has some passes for skating up the center and one pair of tracks on either side. Overlook loop was combed as well, and is still in rock ski condition.
Photos:
(Erik Blow)
Friday, January 29, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Aside from our usual groom through the system, we have run the PB100 through Overlook and Deerstand loops to do some packing and leveling in preparation for this weekends snowfall. An important note: Deerstand will be closed due to thin cover, and Overlook would be acceptable rock/C ski terrain. All other trails in the system are in great shape.
(Erik Blow)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
GANC received fresh tracks this morning while the sun was rising over the St. Louis River (thanks to groomer Erik Blow).
Photos:
(Larry Mishkar)

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